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Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM

I’m so old, I read George Orwell’s “1984” in 1984.I also saw Apple’s “1984” ad where a woman dressed as like Hooters waitress smashed the screen of a huge monitor setting the masses free from boring old computers made by “Big Brother” which was a thinly veiled attack on Microsoft.Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton made history. She became the first woman to ever be nominated as a major party presidential candidate.

Posted Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM

“It’s too hot to float all day,” the email read. “I’m taking short floats on the Jacks Fork and Current and finishing up well before noon,” said Ron Kruger.

Posted Jul 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Just outside my screened porch, there are white oaks well over 200 years old, and they are loaded with acorns.Just after dawn this morning, I sat there watching pieces of acorn rain down from high limbs as a grey squirrel ate his breakfast.

Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 3:24 PM

It’s always a sad time when trading in an old vehicle.

Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Sustained North Korea threats, and nuclear weapon and missile tests, have led the Obama administration and Prime Minister Park Geun-hye’s government of South Korea to agree to deploy the Lockheed Martin THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense)...

Updated Jul 25, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Have you ever had an idea that was a really good idea, but when you finally came up with the idea, it was too late to make it become a reality?I know I have. I did just this week.

Updated Jul 25, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Donald Trump joined a very short list Thursday night. There aren’t many people who can say that they have been named a candidate for President of the United States by one of the country’s two major parties.That is a rare honor.

Posted Jul 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM

We recently received a piece of correspondence here at The Rolla Daily News that made me smile. You can read it in this paper.

Posted Jul 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

While attending the funeral of an old friend a few weeks before Christmas last year, I heard the following conversation.

Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Next week marks the start of one of my favorite annual traditions, the 8th Congressional District Farm Tour. In southeast and south central Missouri we know agriculture is at the heart of not only our economy, but our communities, and our families.

Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Several years ago when Ohio enacted legislation that provided an opportunity for offenders to wipe clean their record, Governor John Kasich said, “Who here doesn’t need to be redeemed? We are giving people a second chance.”

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